The biology of the australian lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri (krefft 1870)

  title={The biology of the australian lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri (krefft 1870)},
  author={Anne Kemp},
  journal={Journal of Morphology},
  • A. Kemp
  • Published 1986
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of Morphology
The literature on the biology of the Australian lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri (Krefft, 1870), over the past 115 years is reviewed. Relevant unpublished information on the habits, environment, and distribution of the lungfish is included. Topics covered are the discovery and taxonomic position of the species, the appearance and habits of adults and juveniles, their environment and distribution (historical and modern), their oviposition and development, and their diet and catching methods. It… 
Threatened fishes of the world: Neoceratodus forsteri (Kreft, 1870) (Neoceratodontidae)
  • A. Kemp
  • Environmental Science
    Environmental Biology of Fishes
  • 2004
The only known living neoceratodont lungfish is found in Australia, with a pale to bright pink belly and patches of intense dark brown pigment on the tail.
Comparison of embryological development in the threatened Australian lungfish Neoceratodus forsteri from two sites in a Queensland river system
Comparison of embryological development between eggs and embryos found in unaltered reaches of the Brisbane River to eggs and embryo from a spawning event in Lake Wivenhoe, suggests that lungfish may face more problems than lack of shelter for the young.
  • Kemp
  • Environmental Science
  • 2020
This paper assembles evidence collected over several decades to conclude that populations of the Australian lungfish in south-east Queensland are not reproducing sufficiently to guarantee survival of
Abnormal development in embryos and hatchlings of the Australian lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri, from two reservoirs in south-east Queensland
  • A. Kemp
  • Environmental Science
    Australian Journal of Zoology
  • 2013
Prospective recruitment of young lungfish in reservoir populations faces another threat, that of anomalous development of the embryos, hatchlings and juveniles, severe enough to kill many embryos within days of oviposition, and destroy the young fish before they are more than a few months old.
A new Thai Mesozoic lungfish (Sarcopterygii, Dipnoi) with an insight into post‐Palaeozoic dipnoan evolution
A new species of lungfish is described, Ferganoceratodus martini sp.
Visual ecology of the Australian lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri)
The presence of a complex colour vision system based on multiple cone types and intracellular spectral filters in lungfishes suggests that many of the ocular characteristics seen in terrestrial or secondarily aquatic vertebrates may have evolved in shallow water prior to the transition onto land.
Spawning activity of the Australian lungfish Neoceratodus forsteri in an impoundment.
The numbers of eggs declined over the study period and all samples were dominated by early developmental stages and high proportions of unviable eggs, which present numerous challenges for successful spawning and recruitment of N. forsteri in large impoundment environments.
Australian Lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri): A Missing Link in the Evolution of Complementary Side Biases for Predator Avoidance and Prey Capture
It is concluded that the Australian lungfish is a homologous pattern of lateralization that evolved in early aquatic vertebrates and was retained as they made the transition to land-dwelling tetrapods.


Studies on the Queensland lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri (Krefft). 2. Thermal acclimation.
Six juvenile Neoceratodus of convenient size for respirometry (27-51 g) were available for study and it was seen that there was partial thermal acclimation over the range investigated.
Morphology and function of the feeding apparatus of the lungfish, Lepidosiren paradoxa (Dipnoi)
The feeding mechanism of the South American lungfish, Lepidosiren paradoxa retains many primitive teleostome characteristics, and the hyoid apparatus plays a major role in mediating expansion of the oral cavity.
Ciliary cells in the epidermis of the larval Australian dipnoan, Neoceratodus
Newly hatched Australian lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri KrefFt, develop a ciliary current over the skin surface which continues for more than six weeks of larval life. The gill surface under the
Rearing of Embryos and Larvae of the Australian Lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri, under Laboratory Conditions
The conditions described permit rearing of lungfish for detailed embryological and histological studies and increase in size of larvae was not affected by available space under the conditions of culturing described.
Studies on the Queensland lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri (Krefft). 3. Aerial respiration in relation to habits.
Field observations made on the Mary and Burnett rivers in Queensland show that seasonal stagnancy and deoxygenation are unlikely to be factors accounting for the air-breathing habit in Neoceratodus,
Variations of the cephalic muscles in the colubrid snake genera Entechinus, Opheodrys, and Symphimus
  • D. Cundall
  • Biology, Environmental Science
    Journal of morphology
  • 1986
Data presented here, combined with information from previous comparative studies of colubroid cephalic muscles, support the hypothesis that these muscles are limited in their potential variability by factors favoring parallel arrangements of fibers.
The pattern of tooth plate formation in the Australian lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri Krefft
The pattern of tooth plate formation in the Queensland lungfish is consistent with illustrations published by Semon and Greil but the inferred developmental processes are different, and the results for the Zahnreihe hypothesis of Edmund and for the phylogeny of Dipnoi are discussed.
The evolution of the skull and the cephalic muscles : a comparative study of their development and adult morphology
Australian Museum science is freely accessible online at http: / /publ icat ions .aust ra l .au 6 College Street, Sydney NSW 2010, Austral ia nature culture discover Leighton Kesteven,
I. Description of Ceratodus, a genus of Ganoid fishes, recently discovered in rivers of Queensland, Australia
  • A. Gunther
  • Biology
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London
  • 1871
After some introductory remarks the author proceeds to give a description of the external characters which appear to indicate the existence of two species, viz. Ceratodus forsteri, with fewer and
The external features in the development of Lepidosiren paradoxa, fitz
  • J. G. Kerr
  • History
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London
  • 1900
The following paper constitutes the first instalment of an account of the development of Lepidosiren, and the set of drawings illustrative of the external features, obtained during a sojourn made for the purpose amongst the swamps of the Gran Chacot during the years 1896 and 1897 are published.